Bolivia Uprising

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Mon, 11/18/2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am
What's Behind Evo Morales's Ouster, and What's Next for Bolivia?


On November 10, weeks after a hotly contested election, Bolivia's first indigenous president, Evo Morales, was forced to resign in what many observers have called a coup d'etat.  Since Morales was deposed, violent clashes have erupted around the country and and a right-wing politician has assumed the presidency.  Dan Jaffee interviews Dr. Gisela Rodriguez, a Bolivian sociologist living in Portland, about the roots of the conflict; the record of Morales's MAS party during 14 years in power; the reasons for the opposition to Morales by some Bolivian progressive, indigenous, and popular movements; and what Morales' ouster means for democracy in Bolivia and for the future of the Latin American left. Dr. Rodriguez completed her doctoral thesis in 2019: Reproduciendo Otros Mundos: Indigenous Women's Struggles Against Neo-Extractivism and the Bolivian State.

Demonstrators protest electoral fraud in La Paz, Bolivia, October 23, 2019. (Photo by Paulo Fabre/Wikimedia)
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